Thomas Hawk’s Digital Photoblog, July 2004
If you click on any photo it will open a high resolution copy for your enjoyment. “Right Click,” “Save Picture As,” and now you have a nice copy of the image for yourself. Click back to return to the photoblog. Enjoy.
This photo was taken on the ground floor of Quintessa Winery in Napa Valley. Quintessa has spent millions of dollars building a state of the art winery and they spent as much time and money on the architecture as they did on the wine making equipment. It reminds me a little bit of Opus One’s winery. To some winemakers it is probably overbearing and self indulgent but it is something beautiful to see. Their wines are pretty good as well. If you ever get a chance to take a tour of the winery and vineyards they have a lovely lake and island up in back behind the winery. I attended a picnic on this lake once which was quite nice.
This photo was taken from the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill. Apparantly before becoming the presidential suite, this apartment served as the private residence for the Swig family. Pretty amazing suite complete with a billard room, a few bedrooms, oppulent bathrooms, a private elevator, a dining room and the most amazing deck from where this picture was taken.
If you have not walked around inside City Hall in San Francisco before it’s definately something worth doing. I had an hour to kill one day and took the plunge through the metal detector and did a little exploring.
This photo was taken in the early morning hours in Florence, Italy. One of my favorite things to do is to walk city streets alone particularly in the early morning or late night hours and take pictures. I find the time so peaceful.
This is the inscription on the South face of Old Saint Mary’s Chuch. Allegedly this inscription was aimed at the gambling houses and brothels down below. In 1854 this was the largest building in California. It is on the corner of Grant and California.
This photo was taken from one of the most wonderful hotels in the world, Villa San Michelle in Fiesole Italy just outside of Florence. The views of Florence are spectacular and if you ever find yourself there it is a wonderful place for dinner.